In a lot of my recent posts you might have noticed a strong theme which is leaning towards just upping and leaving, making it happen in terms of hitting the road and travelling and going for as long as possible. That’s mostly what the whole general theme of the blog is, but how does one actually go about doing it? It’s one thing speaking about all these things, but another thing altogether when faced with the reality of actually doing it.
I mean there’s a reason why you feel as comfortable as you do when you’re in your own home, within the walls of your house or apartment. For someone whose desire to hit the road proves to be so strong that they’re willing to give up some of their home comforts for prolonged periods at a time, it’s worth exploring just how to really make it happen when faced with the reality of being out on the road.
Back to Basics
For all the intelligence we boast to collectively have as the human race, we’ve really messed up in one area of our existence, which is how we’ve commoditised every single last aspect of life. Think about it for a second — what would you do if there was no meat to buy at your local grocers, or any food to eat at all? Where would you source your meat to eat? Do you even know how to hunt? Do you know how to cook?
The same goes for water — what would happen if your taps dried up and there was no bottled water to buy either? Do you know how to purify some water you’d perhaps draw from the River Thames, if you live in London that is?
I could go on about losing your house and just about everything else which makes up what is required for basic human survival. The point is all of these bare essentials of life have been commoditised to the point that we appear to have lost our ability to provide them for ourselves. We focus too much on the smokescreen created around these essentials, which is the need to make money so that we can afford to pay someone else to provide them for us. It all started out as a matter of convenience — I mean there’d be nothing wrong with paying someone else to go hunting for the meat you want to eat if they’re going hunting in any case, right?
We appear to have taken things way too far though, perhaps unknowingly and by the design of some very greedy individuals, but that’s just it — if more of us realised that going back to basics could benefit all of us in so many different ways, travelling wouldn’t be as expensive as we make it out to be today.
So while it’s perhaps impossible to just suddenly go off the grid completely and go full-on Robinson Crusoe, acquiring some of those Crusoesque basic survival skills will go a long way in reducing your travelling costs and ensuring you can be out on the road a lot longer than you can currently manage. I mean wouldn’t it be nice if you paid a considerably lesser accommodation fee to perhaps pitch your tent at a camping ground which is just on the periphery of a city you’d really like to explore inside out, perhaps hunting for fresh meat at a designated, legal hunting ground to get your daily fill?
There’s a growing market for such travellers, but just learning some valuable lessons out of the idea of going back to basics is enough to save you lots of money when you travel.